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Dish Network DTVPal

Dish Network DTVPal
alaScore 75

104 reviews

Sep, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability. The image quality also gets good feedback, whereas opinions are divided on the value for money.

image quality, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Dish Network DTVPal is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 104 reviews)

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Dish Network DTVPal DVR

 

The Dish Network DTVPal DVR ($250) looks to fill the niche for a budget HD DVR, offering the ability to record free over-the-air HDTV--including two programs at once from a single antenna--without any monthly fees. Unfortunately, the caveat list is...

DVR that records free over-the-air HDTV; no monthly fees; excellent image quality; dual-tuner design means you can record two program simultaneously from one antenna; 30 hours of HD recording

Works more like a VCR than a modern DVR; bland user interface; lacks the polish of TiVo HD or Dish's own HD DVRs; terrible warranty and return policy; troubling online reports of crashing and freezing

The Dish Network DTVPal DVR offers up bare-bones, over-the-air HDTV recording without a monthly fee, but it doesn't compare to subscription-based DVRs, and Dish's nonexistent return policy makes it a real gamble.

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Dish Network DTVPal

 

The FCC has pushed back the DTV transition several times already, but it looks as if over-the-air analog TV signals will actually end on February 17, 2009. That means owners of analog TV will need to pony up for a DTV converter box if they want to...

Excellent electronic program guide, with several days worth of data; can search for programs by title; solid video quality and reception; good aspect ratio controls for handling wide-screen programs on standard TVs; analog pass-through; can work with...

Overcomplicated remote can't control TV volume and power; no front panel buttons means you're out of luck if the remote goes missing; composite audiovisual cable not included

The Dish Network DTVPal is a great DTV converter box with a best-in-class electronic program guide and should be your top choice, unless you value the simplicity and superior remote of the RCA DTA800.

Consumer review by:

Works Great! no monthly fee or cable bill is wonderful!

 

Have had the DTVPAL DVR for about 3 years, it has worked perfect with not problems or glitches. Highly recommended if you want to get away for monthly cable bills. I get about 30 channels with the antenna. About 15 are worth watching.

Records clear picture ; Easy to use ; No monthly fee ; No cable bill

have to manually select each show to record (minor complaint)

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Dish Network DTVPal DVR

 

It is of poor craftsmen ship...don't buy it.

Nothing good about something that does not work after 9 months

it basically stopped working after 9 months and the support sucks..there is none! Freeze ups and now loading please wait error that won't go away

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worked ok for about 9 months.

 

It is of poor craftsmen ship...don't buy it.

Nothing good about something that does not work after 9 months

it basically stopped working after 9 months and the support sucks..there is none! Freeze ups and now loading please wait error that won't go away

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"garbage - unit turns itself off afer a period of time"

 

I wish that I had bought two of the units as ... 

Nothing - would like to have my money back

Poor on screen chanel graphics - hard to read

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garbage - unit turns itself off afer a period of time

 

I wish that I had bought two of the units as sold by Best Buy / Circuit City. Those are far superior.

Nothing - would like to have my money back

Poor on screen chanel graphics - hard to read ; Unit turns itself off after several hours - unable to turn unit on in advance to record and be assured that the unit will funtion when needed

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"Warranty is a nightmare"

 

If you want to roll the dice and hope you get... 

When it works, it's great

If the DVR fails, Dish Networks won't honor the 90 day warranty unless you purchased it through them, which you can't. That means there is no warranty. Trying to resolve warranty issues only results in promises with no action

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Warranty is a nightmare

 

If you want to roll the dice and hope you get a good one, you'll either be very happy or mad.

When it works, it's great

If the DVR fails, Dish Networks won't honor the 90 day warranty unless you purchased it through them, which you can't. That means there is no warranty. Trying to resolve warranty issues only results in promises with no action

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It has never worked very well in any respect.

 

The box would turn on and off by itself, stick in on position so had to unplug to turn off, stop receiving for no apparent reason, programing was rarely up to date, times are still standard time after a week of daylight time and last night it died...

There wasn't much to like

The functionality and reliability were not what one should expect from an electronic device

Product Specifications

The DTVPal DVR digital-to-analog converter box is the first and only to offer digital video recording (DVR) and high-definition (HD) capabilities along with analog pass-through.

Combined Device

Type:Digital TV tuner / HDD recorder

Digital TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner Type:ATSC DTV
Tuner Qty:1

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.8in
Height:3.1in
Weight:5.1lbs
Width:14.6in

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Manufacturer:EchoStar Communications
Model:DTVPal DVR
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:DISH Network
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